Pleasure Craft Operator Card

 All operators require proof of competency on board.

The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes to have proof of competency on board at all times.

Proof of competency includes:

  • A Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • If you hold any certificate on the List of Marine Safety Certificates Recognized for the Issuance of a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, you already meet the requirements of the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations – you just need to make sure you carry your certificate on board. Proof of certification may include original documentation or a copy of the certificate.
  • Proof of having successfully completed a boating safety course in Canada prior to April 1, 1999; or,
  • A completed rental-boat safety checklist.

The operator card is good-for-life.

These requirements were phased in over ten years. Proof of competency is now required on board for all pleasure craft operators.

While there are a number of programs available which lead to receiving your PCOC, we recommend the Oakville Power and Sail Squadron as an excellent source of safe boating training.